My EF8-15mm f/4 Tele Fisheye attached to the EOS 5D Mark III loaner gives the camera a sexier look than the 50mm f/1.4 or EF24-105mm typically used in Canon ads. Two days of handling the new body I must say this: the grip is much nicer to hold compared to the Mark II. So much so that it makes you think if you want to spend a few hundred dollars for the BG-E11 Grip which features a multicontroller and a multifunction (M.Fn) button for those who need them.
The image counter on previous 5D models including the Mark II were limited to just 3 digits. This can be quite annoying when you have a large capacity flash card and all the camera ever shows is 999. On the 5D Mark III this is expanded to four digits. Currently display is limited to a strange 1,999. I guess this is a easy firmware fix should Canon decide it’s needed.
OK here’s the reason I wrote this post — File names you can finally change. It seems more and more of EOS 1 exclusivity ported to the 5 series and that’s a good thing. How so? If you currently work with two 5D Mark II bodies like I do, two bodies with identical file naming convention is a sorting disaster waiting to happen. In the 8 years I’ve been shooting Canon cameras, I’ve lost count the number of times my images from two bodies conflicted and the inconvenience it caused resulting in increased workflow in order not to mess up the shooting sequence. I copy all images into one large pool before sorting them by Date and Time (using BreezeBrowser’s unique filters). Working with an associate who shoots with Nikon cameras I know they have had this basic capability for a long time. In any case, kudos to Canon for this very useful improvement.